Luke McNamara, a poor student with a dubious previous history is lured into a secret college fraternity group, "The Skulls", despite being warned by his room-mate that "if it's secret and elite, it's not good". And so it proves, although to start with, its simply amazing; Luke finds himself saddled with a soul-mate, a shiny new car, and $20,000 in his bank account. But things soon go awry, when Luke's room-mate supposedly committs suicide. As the plot develops, Luke discovers the detail behind the death of his best friend, and the true nature of the society that is suddenly a dangerous burden rather than the step-up to Harvard Law School that he had previously believed.
The film moves along at a cracking pace, and Joshua Jackson leads the cast with an excellent and mature performance as the embattled Luke. Luke's soul-mate, the tortured Caleb Mandrake, son of the Skulls's chairman, is played by the dashing Paul Walker who gives a performance of great charisma. All-round, the cast is strong, and the performances solid, helped no doubt by the very good script. The plot has some interesting twists, and is never boring, for the director Rob Cohen (who directed the excellent The Fast and the Furious, also starring Paul Walker) keeps it moving. The music is good, the scenery and background understated but very effective, and the whole idea of the film is brilliant; there are undoubtably secret fraternities of a similar kind in American colleges today, and it is a fascinating thing to speculate on what might go on in them, and how deeply-rooted they are. Certainly however, The Skulls is a excellent film, exciting, fast-moving, and intriguing. Admitedly, it lacks a sense of humour, but then, it isn't really that type of movie. Enjoy it for what it is - it's well worth a look at.